dr. Bryan Choi, PH.D., C.psych., (Supervised practice)

For over a decade, Bryan Choi has worked with clients to improve their emotional well-being and develop their resilience in a number of settings including counselling and healthcare centres. He is trained with an extensive and specialized background in supporting and educating individuals, couples, and organizations on building communication, emotional intelligence and coping tools based on scientifically-supported psychological approaches of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). When working with clients, he strives to create a safe, inclusive environment and a strong relationship to help clients resolve their problems and achieve their goals. Goals and tasks for treatment are always collaboratively identified with careful consideration of clients’ unique needs and perspectives.

Bryan works with clients to resolve issues relating to relationship distress, self-criticism, perfectionism, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, trauma, emotional regulation difficulties, psychosis, autism, addictions, disordered eating, and body image concerns. He has a special interest in helping clients resolve relationship issues involving intimate partners, family, friends, and coworkers. He did his couples training with Dr. Leslie Greenberg, who is the creator of Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, a scientifically validated couples treatment. He helps couples identify the source of their distress, change unhelpful emotional patterns, heal from past emotional injuries, and re-connect in healthier ways.

Bryan completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University. There, he has completed extensive research and published on common emotional difficulties clients may experience in therapy, such as low self-esteem and self-criticism, and what factors help clients resolve their problems long term to live more self-compassionate, productive, and satisfying lives. He completed his internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where he gained further training in supporting individuals with more complex emotional needs in the Complex Care and Recovery Program and Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic.

Bryan is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

“In every crisis, there is opportunity.” – Chinese proverb